Cocoa Clove Pumpkin Bread ~ Twelve Loaves

Cocoa Clove Pumpkin Bread Recipe

When I think of the scents that evoke warm holiday memories, for me clove is in my top three favorites. Cinnamon and nutmeg round out the list. Sometimes when I'm looking for that cozy aroma and feeling, but I don't have time to bake, I'll fill a small saucepan with water and add in some cinnamon stick, an already used nub of nutmeg, a scant tablespoon of cloves and maybe an orange and/or apple peel and simmer it low and slow on the stove top all day (making sure I replenish the water as it simmers away). It never fails to brighten my day and brings me immediately into the holiday mood. For me, the aroma is intoxicating and uplifting.

Speaking of intoxicating aromas, when you smell this Cocoa Clove Pumpkin Bread that I made for November's participation in #TwelveLoaves "spice edition" baking in the oven, you'll swear it's Thanksgiving, even if it's the middle of summer!

This Cocoa Clove Pumpkin Bread has a deep rich color and a deep rich flavor with just a hint of cocoa, a hint of cloves and a hint of pumpkin. The combination of each of these flavors marries perfectly with one another and none of these strong tasting ingredients overwhelm the next. For the nut lover, I added walnuts to one loaf and left the other loaf nut free. I tend to prefer the nuts but not everyone does. Whatever your preference, this is a quick bread that will soon become one of your absolute holiday (or anytime) favorites.


Yield: 2 loaves      Prep Time: 10 minutes       Bake Time: 60-70 minutes
2 cups granulated sugar
 1 cup brown sugar
 1 cup canola oil
1 teaspoon maple extract
 4 large eggs
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
 4 tablespoons cocoa powder
 1 teaspoon baking powder
 2 teaspoons baking soda
 2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
 1- 15 ounce can pumpkin puree (not pie filling)
 1 - 2 cups chopped walnuts, divided (optional, for one or two loaves)

-Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare two loaf pans with baking spray. Set aside.

-In a large bowl, blend the sugar, brown sugar, oil, maple extract and eggs.

-In a separate large bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cloves.

-Blend the dry mixture into the wet mixture, in 1/3 increments making sure to blend well after each addition.

-Add in the pumpkin and mix well. If using nuts, stir them into the batter (see the next step for instructions on adding nuts to only one loaf.

-Pour the batter evenly into the prepared loaf pans. *NOTE - I added half the batter to the first loaf pan plain, then I stirred in the nuts to the remainder of the batter and poured that into the second loaf pan.

-If using nuts top the loaf with some of the chopped nuts.

-Bake in a preheated oven for approximately 60-70 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

-Allow the bread to cool on a rack for about 20 minutes and then remove them from the pans and allow them to cool completely.

-Slice and serve either plain, with butter or with cream cheese. YUM!

Cocoa Clove Pumpkin Bread Recipe

Are you interested in baking along with the #TwelveLoaves gang? It's easy to do. Here are a short list of the requirements. November's theme is "Spices".

When you post your Twelve Loaves bread on your blog, make sure that you mention the Twelve Loaves challenge in your blog post; this helps us to get more members as well as share everyone's posts. Please make sure that your bread is inspired by the theme!
  1. Please link your post to the linky tool at the bottom of my blog. It must be a bread baked to the Twelve Loaves theme.
  2. Have your Twelve Loaves bread that you baked this November, 2013, and posted on your blog by November 30, 2013.
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Her'e the list of all the bakers that have been spicing it up in their kitchens this month:

               Cinnamon-Cardamom Buns by Heather at girlichef

It is now time to grab yourself a nice slice of Cocoa Clove Pumpkin Bread and a hot cup of coffee or a nice pumpkin spice latte. I can't think of anything better :)

Hand painted autumn pumpkin and leaves coffee mug

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